During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo accused Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) of leaking classified information.
The comments from Pompeo comes as Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy barred Schiff from serving on the House Intelligence committee.
“During my time as CIA director and secretary of state, I know that he leaked classified information that had been provided to him,” Pompeo said during an interview.
Pompeo did not provide any specific details, but stated that the issue was severe enough to limit what he shared with Congress. Fox News’ Emily Compagno emphasized the gravity of this charge, and questioned Pompeo on why there have been no consequences if such leaks would be considered a serious crime, potentially even treason.
“It’s a complicated process, right? It’s difficult to pin down precisely what happened,” Pompeo said. “But I could tell you that when we provided information to him and to his staff, it ended up in places it shouldn’t have been with alarming regularity. We could see it. In the end, I decided, I held back information from them as a result.”
MIKE POMPEO: "The fact that…Schiff was the Chairman of the…Intelligence Committee almost ruined that committee…Schiff should be nowhere near serving on the Intelligence Committee. I don't think he should be seeing classified information." pic.twitter.com/3A0iwMc3Dq
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 25, 2023
In the past, Schiff has denied any such leaks.
“I haven’t. My staff hasn’t,” he said to CNN back in 2020. “I can’t speak for what all the members of the committee have done or not done, including a lot of the Republican members.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Pompeo isn’t the first intelligence leader in the Trump administration to accuse Schiff of leaking classified information. In January 2021, former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell claimed Schiff and his team “regularly” leaked classified information.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested to conservative commentator Lisa Boothe in April 2021 that Schiff could be a source for dubious reports on Russia offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops. Schiff spokesman Patrick Boland shot back with a brief response to the Washington Examiner at the time, “Yet another false and baseless claim by Tom Cotton — you would think he would know better by now.”
McCarthy kicked Schiff, along with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), from the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. McCarthy had long accused Schiff of being a repeat liar, particularly with investigations related to former President Donald Trump. During his interview with Fox News, Pompeo also called Schiff a liar and praised McCarthy for removing him from the panel.
Schiff continues to attempt to paint the picture that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
While reacting to the ongoing classified documents scandals, Schiff wondered why anyone would bring classfied documents to their homes.
“This is what’s so astounding, I think, for all of us on the Intelligence Committee. I never take classified documents to my house,” Schiff said MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, after she asked if he had ever taken any records home. “I don’t know any reason why people would.”